One of our most commonly encountered plumbing issues is plumbing leaks. This can be a leaky toilet, toilet, or piping. In many cases, the leak is obvious and fairly easy to fix because the location of the faucet or pipe in question is easily accessible. But in many cases, the leak may occur in buried pipes or plumbing fixtures that are hidden inside walls. Cases like this can be quite challenging to fix. But whether it is an obvious leak or one that is not so easy to spot, a leak is a serious problem that should not be allowed to linger for long as it may cause water damage to your structure, wastes water, and may increase your electricity bills.
Types of home plumbing leaks
There are several types of plumbing leaks that may occur in homes or commercial properties. How challenging the process of fixing a plumbing leak will depend largely on the type of leak and the location of the plumbing fixture affected. Some common plumbing leaks include:
- Leaking pipes
- Leaking toilet and faucets
- Broken water line
- Gas line leaks
- Leaking water heater
- Leaking washing machine hose
Most plumbing leaks occur in places that are difficult to detect. A slab leak for example is a leaky pipe underneath the concrete slab or basement floor of your home. Pipes hidden inside walls may also become old or damaged and may begin to leak water. Leaks like the presents a challenge to homeowners. If you are not observant, such a leak may continue for months or years undetected causing additional damage to your property. However, there are some leak detection signs to look out for. They include:
- Sounds of running or dripping water when your toilet or faucets are not running
- Wet flooring
- Wet drywall
- An organic smell in your basement
- Growth of mildew or mold on your walls or floor
- Mysteriously high water bills
- Visible damage
Common Water Leak and Slab Leak Detection Technology
Plumbers understand how difficult it can be to detect plumbing leaks behind walls or beneath concrete slabs. To diagnose such leaks accurately, we rely on various detection tools to identify the exact source and location of the leak. We may use acoustic listening equipment to listen to the sound of a water leak behind walls or under slabs. This helps to identify the likely position of a leak before digging or breaking through the wall. Another commonly used alternative is a video inspection tool which is a small camera that can be inserted into pipes to probe the pipe and detect the leak. Soil probing devices may also be used to listen for signs of water under the ground. As your local plumbing leak repair experts, we make use of this technology to find leaky pipes to minimize too much digging in your yard.
Professional Water Leak Repair services
If you suspect a leak in your home piping for any reason at all, you should call for professional help immediately. When you call for our leak repair services, we will bring in the tools needed to identify the source of the leak. This way we don’t have to carry out too much invasive digging. Even though we might have to break through the wall or floor in many cases, our professional leak detection services ensure that we only break the smallest opening possible, complete the repair and restore your wall or slab as soon as possible.